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Making your house safe, especially for your first
child, should be a very high priority on your list of things to do.
There are obvious and then the subtle dangers of any house setting
that should be addressed out of concern for your child's safety.
With the above in mind, here are just a few
things that you should consider doing:
You should never leave a child unsupervised in a bathtub.
Before allowing your child to bathe in a tub, check the
temperature of the water in it to make sure that the water is
not scolding hot and is otherwise suitable for your child.
The faucets and spout of the tub should be covered with soft
cushioning; there are many types of tub faucet covers, so choose
the one you find right for you. Also, consider buying and
installing anti-scald water valves on all of your water faucets
There are many steps you can take to prevent your child from
coming near a burning source that has great potential to do
harm. Prevent your child from playing with a stove's
controls by buying and installing specially designed child proof
stove control covers that go over the controls of the stove;
follow the manufacturer's instructions. Also, to prevent
your child from opening the hot oven door, buy and install a
heat-resistant oven door lock/latch; follow the manufacturer's
instructions. Seek businesses that sell a line of child
proof devices for appliances, etc.
be off limits. Cabinets can be easily locked and opened by
adults, and thus prevent children from gaining access inside
them, with several types of locks, from magnetic locks and
screwed-on latches that are either placed on the outside or the
inside of such cabinets.
walking stages. From the moment when your child first
starts to crawl
and progressively learns how to walk on their
own, you'll want to pay particular attention to items in your
house that may pose a safety problem while your child advances
their motor skills. In the course of crawling and walking,
your child may want to hold onto things while trying to move about.
With this in mind, make sure you temporarily store or otherwise
keep out of reach things like
over-extending, ground-reachable table cloths; tall-pole lamps;
coat trees/coat racks; sharp-edged furniture--especially those
that are sharp towards the bottom; and otherwise any sort of
unstable piece of furniture that will fall should a child grab a
hold of it.
and other cables. Your electrical cords and other cables
should be neatly organized so as to prevent your child from
grabbing a hold of, and subsequently inadvertently strangling
themselves with, a cord around their neck. You also want
to tightly control your electrical cords so that your child
won't accidentally jerk on them so as to cause whatever are
attached to such cords to fall on them. To help prevent
this from happening, bundle or otherwise tie up your electrical
cords and other cables together, using cable ties to tie such
cords to a stable structure, such as a table leg; you may also
consider using specialized cord organizers or cable organizers,
or even devices that shorten electrical cords.
outlets. Buy electrical outlet caps to plug into unused
outlets, and buy special outlet covers, such as Plug 'N Outlet
Covers, that help secure plugs already plugged into outlets,
setting. Deliberately position your furniture pieces in
your house so as to discourage, and actually prevent, your child
from climbing to dangerous heights.
should be off limits. Inherently, because of the many
numerous things usually found in a garage--sharp tools to toxic
pesticides--a garage is no place for a child to be in, let alone
to be in alone. So, all doors leading to the garage should
be able to close automatically. The house door that leads
to the garage should have a self-closing spring mechanism that
closes the door every time you go through the doorway. The
garage door that automatically opens and closes with the push of
a button should also have the relatively new technology that
senses any sort of obstruction in its path and immediately
reverses its movement as a safety measure in the event of such a
detected obstruction or otherwise object in the way.
Children and medicine certainly do not belong in the same room
if there is no adult supervision and the medicine is not
prescribed for them. To have peace of mind and to prevent
serious injury and even death, all medicine should be stored in
child proof container, which can even be a metal toolbox with a
lock on it; you can buy specially made child proof medicine
boxes from stores specializing in child safety.
be off limits. If you have a staircase/stairway in your
house, your child should not be in your house unless and until
you have properly designed stair safety gates installed at the
top and bottom of the stairway so as to prevent your child from
gaining access to the stairway for obvious safety reasons; avoid
getting the accordion type of gates because they can pose a
potential safety hazard on their own to children. You
should also consider covering your staircase railings with mesh
wire, secured with cable ties, so as to prevent children from
sticking their heads in between the railings.
These are just some safety measures you can take
in the interests of keeping your children safe at home.
Contact your pediatrician and local fire department for more
information. You may even want to contact your local Red Cross
chapter and see if they offer any sort of child safety courses, such
as those in which they teach you first aid for children. You
should never leave your child alone, as a responsible adult's
supervision is the best safety measure.
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